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Special Issue "Forest Management and Silviculture to Address Phytopathological Threats"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecophysiology and Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Johanna Witzell

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, BOX 49, 23053 Alnarp, Sweden
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Interests: forest pathology; tree resistance; fungal endophytes; invasive pathogens; sustainable forest management
Guest Editor
Dr. Juan Antonio Martín

ETSI Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: forest pathology; tree breeding; microbiome; resistance; restoration; wood anatomy; wood degradation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The capacity of forests to provide humans with essential ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, clean water and air, soil erosion protection, renewable biomass for fuel and materials, and habitats for biodiversity, is threatened by forest diseases caused by native or alien pathogens (fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, and viruses). Climate change may exacerbate this threat, at the same time as global transports and trade with plants increase risks for introduction of alien species. This development may challenge the forest resilience and calls for re-evaluation of management and silvicultural practices.

In this Special Issue of Forests, we focus on the interface between forest management and silviculture and forest pathology. We welcome original studies and critical reviews focusing on diseases and risks of diseases in managed forests. All stages of pathogen invasions and relevant interventions, as well as ecological, physiological and genetic studies with links to management practices are of interest. Relevant topics include but are not restricted to:

  • management of risks and damage due to invasive pathogens;
  • forest restoration and regeneration in stands affected by native or alien pathogens;
  • pros and cons of new forest management regimes for forest health;
  • new methods to control forest diseases and their integration to management regimes.

Dr. Johanna Witzell
Dr. Juan Antonio Martín
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Forest diseases
  • Fungi
  • Forest management
  • Introduced pathogens
  • Forest decline

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Open AccessArticle The Dark Septate Endophytes and Ectomycorrhizal Fungi Effect on Pinus tabulaeformis Carr. Seedling Growth and their Potential Effects to Pine Wilt Disease Resistance
Forests 2019, 10(2), 140; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10020140
Received: 8 January 2019 / Revised: 23 January 2019 / Accepted: 3 February 2019 / Published: 8 February 2019
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Pine wilt disease (PWD), a worldwide threat to pine forests, has caused tremendous damage to conifer forest in the world. However, little research has been conducted on the relationship between symbiosis functions of root associated fungi and pine wilt disease. In this study, [...] Read more.
Pine wilt disease (PWD), a worldwide threat to pine forests, has caused tremendous damage to conifer forest in the world. However, little research has been conducted on the relationship between symbiosis functions of root associated fungi and pine wilt disease. In this study, we assessed the influence of seven ectomycorrhizal fungi (ECMF) and five dark septate endophytic fungi (DSE) on the growth traits and root morphology as well as the correlation of these parameters to the cumulative mortality and the morbidity rates in Pinus tabulaeformis Carr.showed the lowest cumulative mortality rates. We propose that the ECMF/DSE symbiosis enhanced the resistance of pine wilt disease via mitigation the dysfunction of water caused by PWN infection. Our research provided evidence that inoculation of ECMF/DSE could be a potential way for pine wilt disease prevention. To find highly efficient fungi for pine wilt disease management, more ECMF and DSE species should be tested. Full article

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